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Friday, August 22, 2014

Stay safe this holiday

Stay safe this holiday

      The Wilmington Fire Department offers these seasonal fire safety tips:

Tree safety
  • Choose a freshly cut tree (if needles fall off after striking the stump on a firm surface, the tree is too dry). 
  • Keep tree away from heat sources. 
  • Keep tree well-watered – it could absorb a gallon of water the first day. 
  • Do not burn tree branches in fireplace or woodstove. 
Lighting
  • Replace any worn or damaged light sets or any set that is more that 4-5 years old. 
  • Use only light strings approved by a recognized safety-testing agency such as U.L. 
  • Avoid overloading electrical circuits or creating "octopus" connections. 
  • Disconnect lights at bedtime or when unattended. 
Decorations
  • Use only non-flammable or flame retardant decorations.
  • Never burn discarded wrappings and packages in a woodstove or fireplace. 

For more information, contact the Fire and Life Safety Division of the Wilmington Fire Department at 910.343.0696.

View shopping safety tips from the WPD.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!
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